Mayville state senator resigns from North Dakota Legislature after reported stroke

BISMARCK — A North Dakota Republican state senator from Mayville has resigned due to health issues.

Arne Osland, who was in his second session in the state Legislature, notified Legislative Management Chairman Sen. Ray Holmberg of his resignation in a letter dated Monday, March 18.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of District 20 in the North Dakota state Senate,” Osland wrote. “At this time, due to health reasons, I will unfortunately have to resign my seat in the North Dakota state Senate.”

The Hillsboro Banner newspaper reported earlier this month that Osland was recovering in Arizona after a stroke. He said at the time he suffered some memory loss but had no physical problems.

Holmberg, a Republican from Grand Forks, said local Republicans should appoint someone to fill Osland’s seat before the end of the legislative session, which entered its 48th day Tuesday. Lawmakers are limited to 80 days in regular session every two years.